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Empowering women refugees

Meet SIT alumna Cynthia Davis

Cynthia DavisMA in Intercultural Service, Leadership, and Management
Certificate in Conflict Transformation

Consultant and Creative Director, Our Woven Community, a program of the Burroughs Community Center, Bridgeport, Connecticut

“The Intercultural Service, Leadership, and Management (SLM) degree allowed me to choose classes that were specifically geared toward what I wanted to learn and gave me a solid foundation that strengthened work I was already doing, including advocacy, development, fundraising, and service on the board of a nonprofit.

The program’s Social Entrepreneurship, Strategic Planning, and Foundations classes taught me practical business and leadership skills and how to apply those skills directly to the social mission side of projects I’m working on both abroad and locally.

"One of the most rewarding chapters of my time at SIT was partnering with two other students to develop the concept for Our Woven Community, a program that teaches refugee women in Bridgeport, Connecticut, sewing skills, which in turn provides them with business acumen and supplemental income."

One of the most rewarding chapters of my time at SIT was partnering with two other students to develop the concept for Our Woven Community, a program that teaches refugee women in Bridgeport, Connecticut, sewing skills, which in turn provides them with business acumen and supplemental income. I would never have been able to take on this type of leadership role and connect so successfully with diverse communities without the skills developed through the SLM program.”

Professional Practicum:

Creating Our Woven Community, a program that teaches art skills to refugee women in Bridgeport, Connecticut, to build the women’s community connections, business acumen, and financial empowerment.

Capstone Paper and Seminar:

What Factors Contribute to Successful Startup Social Enterprises Serving Refugees and Other Vulnerable US based Groups?